Sustainable Schools team in Cambodia working online under the pandemic

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Cambodia has shut down all schools since March 2020. In this context, the Global Search for Sustainable Schools implementing team in Cambodia moves the project forward through working online. The project team uses Zoom and telegram in communicating with the selected schools. Online communications […]

Its all in our Hands: Old solutions to a new world problem

In addressing the Covid-19 outbreak, many environmental justice short comings have been highlighted. Many schools do not have access to safe municipal water let alone a host of taps for regular handwashing.  This has provided not just a challenge but opportunity to seek low tech, cost effective and appropriate solutions towards keeping our children safe. […]

Selected Schools in Brazil carrying out structural improvements to become more sustainable!

Selected Schools in Brazil carrying out structural improvements to become more sustainable!

Even though in-person educational activities are paralyzed at the moment, the selected schools in Brazil have been carrying out some structural improvements to make their learning environment more sustainable. Akatu Institute congratulates the schools for continuing the implementation of their Action Plans despite of current adversities and we are looking forward for the next steps!

Phumelelani is cooking up a storm and saving Carbon

In SA there are at least 10 000 schools that still cook on open fires. Imagine the hazards the women who cook, endure daily cooking for 1200 learners as they do at Phumelelani primary school in Loskop, KZN. Besides respiratory issues, they have to constantly bend down and chop up masses of wood to fuel […]

South Africa celebrates Top 7 schools for GSS up-scaling

An enlightening few days learning from local green schools culminated with a national celebratory event attended by the top 7 GSS schools selected in the province. This was combined with the annual Water Explorer Top Team event. Each school was given an opportunity to showcase their environmental achievements and motivate for the future funding of […]

Learning from Schools

For the Africa Exchange workshop visits were organised to some local Water Explorer schools that were already excelling in their implementation of various environmental projects to learn from their sustainability practices. The delegates were impressed by a selection of the low-tech projects that are having a huge impact on the ground. Such projects included the […]

GSS Africa Exchange workshop

During the last week of October, the South Africa Water Explorer team, Bridget Ringdahl and Julia Colvin held their first workshop with delegates from fellow African countries; Namibia and Uganda, where an exchange of ideas and practical tips for the implementation of environmental education programs for schools was the agenda. A number of renowned environmental […]

Suriname Prepares for Launch

Suriname Prepares for Launch

Paramaribo, 10/30/2019 This morning, the first Global Search for Sustainable Schools Workshop, provided by Humphrey H. Bergraaf Jr, of the SuWaMa Foundation at the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (MINOWC) for primary educational inspectors was conducted. In Suriname this project is being carried out under the name Eco School Suriname. The educational inspectors have received […]

Around 250 submissions received in Brazil

Around 250 submissions received in Brazil

The submission phase of the Search for Sustainable Schools in Brazil has just finished and almost 250 plans from schools from all over the country were submitted. The selection process has begun and the final results will be available on November 18th. Five schools – one per Brazilian region – will be selected based on […]

Brazil Search for Sustainable Schools Kicks Off

Brazil Search for Sustainable Schools Kicks Off

The Akatu Institute launched the Search for Sustainable Schools in Brazil (in Portuguese, it´s called “Desafio Escolas Sustentáveis”) on the 19th August 2019 and is accepting submissions until the 15th October 2019 via their website (https://edukatu.org.br/escolas_sustentaveis).  The criteria for the selection of the Brazilian school projects, based on the global criteria, are as below: Project […]